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Friday, July 8, 2011

Weekend Delays On Inner Loop

Construction work on the Wilson Bridge Project will cause delays this weekend on the Capital Beltway.

Power Plant Generating Dangerous Emissions Over Potomac River

Dangerous emissions from the Potomac River generating station are wafting across the river into Ward 8, causing harmful breathing conditions, especially for those with respiratory problems.

FTA Head: McDonnell To Pitch In $150 Million More To Dulles Metrorail

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be pitching in more money to the Dulles Metrorail project, despite his recent complaints that its cost has grown too high.

A Sneak Peak At Metro's New Train Cars

In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in its place will be a fleet of all new train cars.

Riders Tell Metro: Shorten Station Names!

With a new subway line in Northern Virginia on the horizon, Metro is revamping its iconic map. And since it’s going to be changing the map, Metro is also looking to change the names of some of its stations.

Kwame Brown Case Referred To Federal Investigators

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is now the third city lawmaker facing scrutiny from federal investigators. Election officials say the U.S. Attorney's office has taken records related to Brown's 2008 campaign and it's now up to federal authorities to decide what happens next.

Virginia Pushing For Regulations To Allow Public To Reclaim Used Water

Virginia is considered a water-rich state, yet during periods of minimal rain, the state struggles to maintain its potable water levels.

University of Maryland Students Look For Watershed Moment at Solar Decathlon

What if every home in the Chesapeake Bay area was built with the bay in mind? Students at the University of Maryland say that’s exactly what their house – called WaterShed – for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon is all about.

Experts Suggest Stronger Efforts To Combat Obesity In D.C. Area

There are policies in place in the District to try and halt the growing rates of obesity. But experts say that isn't enough.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Human Landscape Dance does the Odysseus and the Icarus, a Ukulele festival, South County shots and Animal Collective finally plays its last album's namesake.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Maryland Police Reviewing Surveillance Videos To Identify Speed Camera Attacker

Maryland State Police say they're reviewing surveillance videos from local businesses in search of clues to a suspect who attacked a speed camera enforcement car yesterday.

D.C. Joint Arson Task Force Arrest Suspect For Setting Multiple Fires

A joint arson task force that included the D.C fire department, federal agents, and other jurisdictions has nabbed a serial arsonist whose crimes go back at least four years.

Study Names D.C. As Second "Least Obese" State In Country

Washington D.C. has been named the second "least obese" state in the country, according to the 2011 report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." But experts warn that the average obesity rate in the District masks very large disparities among residents.

Bullying Top Concern for Va. Public School Students

Virginia's public school principals and superintendents say bullying has become the chief worry among their students.

Examining The Broadband Divide In D.C.

A new study from American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, suggests that the broadband internet divide in our region isn't a matter of access, but instead a matter of adoption. WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews project director John Dunbar about the study's findings.

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